Maintaining Intimate Quiet Times When Your Schedule Is Packed

Make devotions a priority while taking care of your responsibilities.
Make devotions a priority while taking care of your responsibilities. (Ben White)

One of the most common problems women face today with maintaining a consistent quiet time is time.

Most women find that they are extremely busy and find it difficult to make time for personal devotion, and yet personal time with the Lord is vital to Christian growth and maturity.

5 Quiet Time Tips for Busy Moms

1. Prepare ahead of time.

If your best time for quiet time is in the morning, lay everything out the night before so that you maximize the time you have.

Create a quiet time box or bag where you have everything you need: your Bible, a notebook, devotional, journal, pens, post-it notes, a highlighter. This way everything is already in one place, handy and ready to use.

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2. Take it with you.

Make a quiet time tote and take it with you to your cart and have your quiet time on lunch breaks or during your kids' sports practices and music lessons. You can even have your quiet time while your kids play in the park.

3. Break it up.

Maybe you genuinely do not have a one-hour chunk in your day. Break it up into smaller chunks throughout the day. Here are some practical ways to do that.

Use Timers: Set your phone to remind you throughout the day to take time to pray.

Leave Your Bible Open: Designate a spot on your counter or desk to leave your Bible open to where you are currently reading so that throughout the day you can read and reflect on God's Word.

Write Out Scripture: Use index cards and write out two or three verses to take with you in your pocket or purse and read them throughout the day.

4. Multi-Task.

While I believe we should have at least one time in our day when we have undistracted time with God, you can use other times throughout the day to multi-task your quiet time. While doing housework or driving, you can:

5. Become Accountable.

Join a group of women online or at your church and keep each other accountable to your quiet times. I recommend Good Morning Girls as a great accountability program. We are reading through the Bible one chapter a day. There are small Facebook groups that you can join where you will find encouragement and accountability for your quiet time.

Set a time or several times each day and commit to consistency with the Lord and I believe that you will be amazed at the difference it will make in your heart and in your day.

Rosilind Jukic, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their two active boys, where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an associate's of practical theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.

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